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Organising yourself for a long-haul flight.

What do you carry on-board a long flight, in your pockets and in the over-head compartment?

Seems like a simple enough question, but I typically see people pack so differently from me (and I’m not saying they are all wrong); and also people who are continuously shuffling around – trying to find their ticket, a pen or their wallet.

I typically wear a trail/hiking pants and t-shirt on the plane, with comfortable shoes. Why not jeans? Because jeans are darn-uncomfortable after you sit with them for 6+ hours, and they don’t have as many pockets as a trail/hiking pants.

In my pockets I have a PacSafe chained wallet which is locked to my belt loop – no pick-pocketer is getting away with my money! Pockets include my boarding pass, ticket/booking confirmation for my next transport link and accommodation, a pen, passport and camera. These items are typically required by immigration, airline staff, or lost baggage, so its better to have easy access to it (except for the camera –  sometimes you see STRANGE or extraordinary things that you may want to record). Keep your passport/camera in a safe pocket.

Next comes my backpack / carry-on-luggage. I have some extra cash in it, glasses/sunglasses, a buff (these things are useful in SO MANY situations), sweater &/or jacket, toiletry bag, a spare t-shirt (in case my flight gets delayed and I need a fresh new shirt), all my travel itineraries, netbook, phone and any other valuables. My bag also has a padlock on it – which I now use at all times. I don’t want someone putting their hand inside and stealing my IPAD (that happened to me as I was getting off the train at Casablanca airport)

That’s basically how I move… Light with essentials, and organised!

Obviously those travelling with families and kids will have different packing requirements.

About Zaid

Zaid is an intrepid traveler from South Africa that has traveled to all 7 continents. He loves to explore new destinations, experience new activities and go off the beaten path.
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